3 Valleys BASI Level 3
ISIA Technical Training
In Partnership with SkiVo Academy
Skivo Academy and New Generation have joined forces to offer a technical ISIA training option for season 20-21 that is second to none and open to all!
This new formula combines an entire technical training course delivered only by experienced BASI trainers and designed to pull out all the stops to maximise chances of progress by offering the ultimate balance of technical training.
- Prices TBC
- Jan 2022 – March 2022
What’s the deal with this course and how is it different?
This course is a technical training course aimed at technical exams in the BASI system as well as high-level personal performance. For many, it will be the perfect preparation for the end of season exams. The training also encompasses tactics and guidance from the coaches who have examined these very tests for many years. There will also be a teaching training element included for 2021.
The course will have a significant race training element – something that both Dave and Blake believe is essential to making the most effective progress. 2/3 of this course will be gate based. 1/3 will be converting the good habits you gain into effective all-mountain skiing. The course will involve drill training using poles, short gates and markers and although the aim is technical proficiency over speed, the two goals go hand in hand. The training is well equipped with everything from training gates to timing equipment.
Whereas free skiing around and chatting may make you seem like you are getting better, Dave and Blake are both experts at setting up training environments that will set the right activities and the right drills to make you get better. Less chat, more action!
In any week there are 12.5 hrs of training divided into (5x 2.5hr) sessions or (4 x 3hrs + 0.5]. We will plan it according to the aims for that week. The sessions are set up to be short, sharp and effective and will demand that you work on the clear focus’ that you are given.
The course is based around two cycles: The first lasts seven weeks and will be largely based on our private race piste. This will be a lot of technical work with the aim of giving you the firm foundations and movements that you need to be an expert skier. It will give you the base of how to stand and move more effectively on your skis. Snowy days and inclement weather days will be used to train in variable snow, off-piste and bumps.
The second cycle aims to take the work of cycle 1 and modify it to a range of mountain conditions and terrain. The second cycle essentially teaches you how to adapt and put your skills to best use in a range of ever-changing environments.
This course is not set out to squeeze around the timetable of a ski school but entirely for the benefit of the candidates and it allows time before and after the course, as well as during the half-term break, for candidates to work as ski instructors and gain experience and money. We have extensive contacts to help organise this work if required.
Dave has been a trainer since 2003 regularly running ISIA and ISTD tech exams since 2007. He has also trained a number of FIS and home nation athletes as well as British ski clubs. He founded Podium which is responsible for helping numerous instructors to surpass the hurdle of the Eurotest and Test Technique slalom exams. He is a current member of the National Education Team for BASI that is responsible for driving the direction of the association.
- BASI Trainer since 2003
- Technical Director of New Generation
- Member of BASI National Education Team
- FIS & Ski Club Coach since 1999
- Main sponsor: Rossignol
Blake has been successfully training people for Level 3 and 4 exams with exceptional pass rates for 5+ years. Blake is also an examiner at Level 3 standard. He has been Eurotest trainer for more than 5 years and has successfully guided a multitude of people through the complex task of attaining the BASI Level 4. He is also a PSIA level 4 instructor and has proved a very popular coach for Podium both for SL and GS.
- BASI Trainer since 2015
- Owner of SkivoAcademy
- Team Trainer of Alps Academy, Beijing
- Podium ski coach
- Main sponsor: Blizzard
For a tech exam you should be looking for a piste based ski: As a guide an average size male skier would be looking at a ski of 170cm in length / 16m radius –
For an average female the length may drop a little to160-165cm but try and stay near to a 16m radius.
Please also try and source some slalom skis [real FIS approved] – Men: 165cm / Female 155cm
These don’t have to be new, just usable. Many second hand ones can be found on skibay etc…
Boots are also of utmost importance and we would advise a ‘shop race boot’. The characteristics are generally the following
Men 130 flex
Women 110-120 flex
Blake and Dave will be happy to advise if you have any particular concerns or queries.
*Equipment available at pro prices through our partners Rossignol/ Dynastar and Blizzard/Nordica/Tecnica.
FREE Indoor ISIA Sessions
Throughout the summer and autumn months we will be running FREE ISIA training sessions at snowdomes around the UK. The sessions will be a great chance to meet out trainers, have a ski and to get an action plan of things to work on before the winter. The training you will receive is completely free, all you will need to pay for is your slope pass.
Places on these sessions are limited, to secure a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As soon as you start your ISIA qualification you will realise that there is no right way to complete your instructors qualifications, it is all about finding the way that is right for you.
For students who successfully complete their ISIA qualification as part of this course or any of our other programmes we have our highly successful Verbier training team. This team combines work during the busy periods of the season with an intensive 6 week training programme leading up to the Level 4 tech and teach exams.
If spending a whole season training is not for you then you could consider our exam prep weeks. Run by our Tech team which consists of BASI trainers, Eurotest openers and BASI demo team members these weeks are the perfect way to make the final changes before your exams.
We quite often find that upon completion of their ISIA students who did decide to join the Verbier training team quite often stay on and move into one of our French ski schools. In some cases going full cycle and running the same instructor course they started on.